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Evo Morales plans to exclude Mestizos and Whites from census 2012

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The Bolivian government plans to exclude Mestizos and Whites from the census in 2012. Bolivia is chaired by the Aymara Indian Evo Morales, of the leftist party Movimiento al Socialism (MAS). The questionnaire of the census provided by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE), the office responsible for the Bolivian census, will bring the question “Do you consider yourself belonging to any nation, indigenous original peasant people or afroboliviano?”. The questionnaire provides 57 options for identification, 54 of these to different indigenous identities, 1 for Afrobolivian/Afrodescent, 1 “other”, 1 for those who do not consider themselves belonging to any segment.

After coming to power in 2006 with the support of indigenous, indigenist, multicultural organizations, Evo Morales approved a new constitution that declared Bolivia as a multinational State and instituted the Vice Ministry of Decolonization, responsible for ethnic and racial issues. In 2011 decreed that the Día de la Raza (Day of the Race), celebrated on October 12 in reference to the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America, would be called the Day of Decolonization.

Similar to the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores – PT) in Brazil and other leftist parties that came to power in Argentina, Venezuela and Ecuador, the MAS has a policy hostile to Mestizo identity and race mixing.

Opposing the policy of the Bolivian government, the Autonomous Department of Santa Cruz officially declared this region of Bolivia as mostly Mestizo.

Posted in Mestiçofobia | Desmestiçagem, Multiculturalismo.

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